A couple of weeks ago I shared a video showing Ez’s first intentional sign – MILK. For several weeks he was only using this sign when nursing or just prior to nursing. In the past week, he has started to use the sign to also mean Mom, anything in a cup and when offered other types of food. It is really interesting to see how he has already started to realize that he can use his hands to express himself. In addition to MILK, he is also signing a variation of BED and responds appropriately to MORE and ALL DONE.
Knowing that Ez is profoundly Deaf, yet is already responding to and producing language, demonstrates how important early exposure to sign language can be for infants. He is very attentive to hands and watching other people sign at him. He is still babbling but these signs are intentional and are used regularly and in the appropriate context.
Did you use baby signs with your child? What was the first sign they produced? What was the first word they spoke?